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A Prayer for a sick child.
O Almighty God, and merciful Father, to whom alone belong the issues of life and death; Look down from heaven we beseech thee, with the eyes of mercy, upon this child now lying upon the bed of sickness : Visit him, O Lord, with thy salvation; deliver him in thy good appointed time from his bodily pain, and save his soul for thy mercies' sake: That, if it shall be thy pleasure to prolong his days here on earth, he
may live to thee, and be an instrument of thy glory, by, serving thee faithfully, and doing good in his generation ; or else receive him into those heavenly habitations, where the souls of them that sleep in the Lord Jesus enjoy perpetual rest and felicity. Grant this, O Lord, for thy mercies' sake, in the same thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
A Prayer for a sick person, when there appeareth small
hope of recovery. O Father of mercies, and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need; we fly unto thee for succour in behalf of this thy servant, here lying under thy hand in great weakness of body. Look graciously upon him, O Lord; and the more the outward man decayeth, strengthen him, we beseech thee, so much the more continually with thy grace and Holy Spirit in the inner man. Give him unfeigned repentance for all the errors of his life past, and stedfast faith in thy Son Jesus; that his sins may be done away by thy mercy, and his pardon sealed in heaven, before he go hence, and be no more seen. We know, O Lord, that there is no word impossible with thee; and that if thou wilt, thou canst even yet raise him up, and grant him a longer continuance amongst us: Yet, forasmuch as in all appearance the time of his dissolution draweth near, so fit and prepare him, we beseech thee, against the hour of death, that after his departure hence in peace, and in thy favour, his soul may be received into thine everlasting kingdom ; through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, thine only Son, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
A commendatory Prayer for a sick person at the point
of departure. O Almighty God, with whom do live the spirits of just men made perfect, after they are delivered from their earthly prisons; we humbly commend the soul of this thy servant, our dear brother, into thy hands, as into the hands of a faithful Creator, and most merciful Saviour, most humbly beseeching thee, that it may be precious in thy sight. Wash it, we pray thee, in the blood of that immaculate Lamb, that was slain to take away the sins of the world ; that whatsoever defilements it may have contracted in the midst of this miserable and naughty world, through the lusts of the flesh, or the wiles of Satan, being purged and done away, it may be presented pure and without spot before thee. And teach us who survive, in this and other like daily spectacles of mortality, to see how frail and uncertain our own condition is; and so to number our days, that we may seriously apply our hearts to that holy and heavenly wisdom, whilst we live here, which may in the end bring us to life everlasting; through the merits of Jesus Christ, thine only Son, our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for persons troubled in mind or in conscience.
O Blessed Lord, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comforts, we beseech thee, look down in pity and compassion upon this thy afflicted servant. Thou writest bitter things against him, and makest him to possess his former iniquities ; thy wrath lieth hard upon him, and his soul is full of trouble : But, O merciful God, who hast written thy holy Word for our learning, that we, through patience and comfort of thy holy Scriptures, might have hope; give him a right understanding of himself, and of thy threats and promises ; that he may neither cast away his confidence in thee, nor place it any where but in thee. Give him strength against all his temptations, and heal all his distempers. Break not the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax. Shut not up thy tender mercies in displeasure; but make him to hear of joy and gladness, that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Deliver him from fear of the enemy, and lift up the light of thy countenance upon him, and give him peace; through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A method of examination before the Sacrament, expressed
in the words of the Church Catechism, as to what is required of Communicants to qualify them to partake of the Lord's Supper: selected from Stonhouse's Sick Man's Friend.
(1.) Do you repent truly of your former sins, and stedfastly purpose to lead a new life?
“ Cease to do evil : learn to do well.” Isaiah i. 16.
“ Except ye repent, ye shall all perish." Luke xiii. 3.
Without sineere resolutions of leading a new and holy life, your repentance is imperfect, and will not avail.
You must pray daily for the help of the Holy Spirit, to enable you to keep these resolutions.
(2.) Have you a lively faith in God's mercy, through Christ?
“ Without faith,” says the Apostle, “it is impossible to please God; for he who cometh to him must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them who diligently seek him.” Heb. xi. 6.
“Ye believe in God, believe also in me,” says Christ. John xiv. 1.